Wednesday, March 05, 2008

beheadings and more beheadings...

Child Beheaded by Uncle in Saudi Supermarket... - Early morning shoppers at a supermarket in Jeddah were left reeling yesterday, with some falling unconscious, after a well-built Syrian man clinched a knife and decapitated his 15-month-old nephew in front of his mother in the store’s fruit and vegetable section.

In a brutal murder that has shocked the city, the 25-year-old man beheaded the boy, who was out shopping with his mother — in full glare of shoppers and staff at Al-Marhaba supermarket on Sari Street around 9.30 a.m. The man, who is the boy’s maternal uncle, apparently killed the boy following a dispute with his sister and brother-in-law.

Eyewitnesses said that the man picked up a knife from inside the store and severed the boy’s head. The mother and a shopper standing close by fainted, while several other stood in shock and disbelief over what had happened.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Arab News, “The murderer was in a dispute with the boy’s mother and her husband. He chopped off the boy’s head in front of the mother to get back at her.” He added that the mother has been left traumatized and is in hospital. The boy’s father was at work at the time of the incident.

Following the murder, police sealed off the supermarket while forensic experts gathered evidence. Ambulances were also called to the scene. The supermarket reopened for business at around 1.15 p.m. “It happened so quickly. Before people could intervene, the man had cut more than half way through the child’s neck,” said Abu Muhammad, a grandfather in his mid-60s.

A Saudi till attendant at a nearby cafe said, “One of my colleagues went to see what was going on and returned shivering. He saw the kid’s body and so we gave him the day off. He was in a bad state.”

An eyewitness, who lives in the neighborhood, said that the victim’s family lived close by and frequented the supermarket. “I’ve seen the murderer carrying the same child and playing with him on a number of occasions,” he added.

“No one could bear the gruesome sight of the boy’s decapitated body lying on the floor,” said Muneer, a Turkish car mechanic, who works at a garage close by. “How could someone do such a thing? I just can’t understand it... I still can’t believe it,” he said, shaking his head.

To read full report go to Arab News


  1. Anonymous7:40 AM

    now he true believers will say this happens in the west even. People kill others in the west. True. But not behead them in such manner in the public.

  2. Anonymous8:00 PM

    East or west. This is brutal. Why are people trying to find fault in religion in such cases. Religion is a way of life. It involves helping, caring and gaining the trust of others with love and understanding.

  3. Anonymous8:25 PM

    There's your answer anon2. Religion is a tool which can be used to justify arbitrary violence, be it domestic vioence, corporeal punishment or war. Just because for some religion might be a comfort in hard times and just a guidance for a good life, others may distort it or interpret it in a way that could fulfill his own sadistic pleasure. Yes it is brutal, and religion is the cause, whether we're prepared to accept that fact or not.

  4. Fourth Anonymous3:28 PM

    After reading the article by Maged Thabet Al-Kholidy ( - follow the link provided by third anonymous above me - I am convinced that he is a clone of Nass or Nass is a clone of him.

    How else can you explain the unequivocal similarity in the writing style and the underpinnings defying the most basic commonsense?

  5. Dhivehi Christian5:34 AM

    Anonymous 2, Religion is a way of life. That is religion. Islam is not a religion. It is a way of violence and death. Mohamed himself killed and ordered killing. He personally presided over the massacre of entire tribes. After slaughtering all the post pubescent males of a tribe, he personally raped the prettiest of their women the same day. These women saw their husbands, fathers and brothers beheaded in cold blood and the same day they had to endure being raped by the killer. No religious leader has done that ever. That is why whenever Islam and Muslims kill, civilised humanity points the finger at Islam. Fair and square!

  6. Anonymous6:50 AM

    #! Dhivehi Christ

  7. "Religion is a way of life."
    What if this way of life is based on degradation of women, intolerance to the human rights of others and armed conquest and subjugation of those who disagree non-violently with this religion or "way of life" ?
    Do you still call ita religion?
    To answer the question- "Why are people trying to find fault in religion in such cases?
    There is nothing about religion in the posting.Do you think Islamic culture had anything to do with the horrific events?

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